Council Connect Article

Section Update

BOOSTER SHOT PLANNING IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY  

Who: Santa Clara County hospitals  

What: Following federal announcements and media in August about booster shots becoming available in September, hospitals in Santa Clara County were invited to join the Sept. 14 Board of Supervisors meeting  and  report on their plans for dissemination. The Hospital Council is developing a memo on behalf of the hospitals and will make the presentation at the Sept. 14 meeting, noting that all hospitals are awaiting plans and pending guidance from the federal and state governments on eligibility and timing between the second and third doses.  

Takeaway/Next Steps: None  

Contact: RVP Jo Coffaro at jcoffaro@hospitalcouncil.org

SAN MATEO COUNTY STAFFING CHALLENGES 

Who: San Mateo County hospital CEOs  

What: At an Aug. 30 meeting, San Mateo County hospital CEOs discussed workforce challenges related to morale, burnout, staff vaccination rates, and staffing shortages. In addition to pandemic-related challenges, there were discussions about long-term workforce development strategies such as inclusion of student opportunities, new graduate strategies, and the challenges and benefits associated with long-term use of travelling nurses.  

Takeaway/Next Steps: None  

Contact: RVP Jo Coffaro at jcoffaro@hospitalcouncil.org 

COASTAL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNTIES HIT HARD BY COVID-19 SURGE 

Who: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties  

What:  With a 37% vaccination rate among eligible individuals, Del Norte County’s sole hospital, Sutter Coast, has been combatting an intense surge of COVID-19-postitive patients for nearly a month. Sutter Coast CEO Mitchell Hanna is grateful for state assistance in setting up vaccination/testing clinics and securing staff.  

Amid record-setting hospitalizations in Humboldt County, Redwood Memorial and St. Joseph’s of Eureka are experiencing severe staffing shortages. Both have now received team nursing waivers. 

Adventist Health announced the postponement of all non-emergent elective surgeries at its facilities in Mendocino County to better manage the surge of COVID-19 patients. Mendocino County Public Health Officer Andy Coren, MD, estimates this volume of COVID-19-postive patients could last for up to two more months without a significant increase in vaccinations. 

Takeaway/Next Steps:  

  • Get vaccinated. Spread the word. 
  • Advocate everywhere possible for relief for hospitals and health care providers whose limits are being tested yet again by a surge of critically ill COVID-19-positive community members. 

Contact: RVP Meghan Hardin at mhardin@hospitalcouncil.org   

MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH  

Who:  

  • Hospital Council 
  • Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings behavioral health 
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers 
  • Hospitals 

What: On Aug. 27, Hospital Council convened the Fresno-Madera, Tulare-Kings 5150 Workgroup. This collaborative of all hospitals, county representatives, law enforcement, and EMS meets to share best practices and coordinate activities.   

Takeaway/Next Steps: This group has become an integral part of the behavioral health care system in the Central Valley. The group is beginning coordination with a Sacramento-based facility to bring its best practices to this part of the valley in 2022.  

Contact: RVP David Bacci at dbacci@hospitalcouncil.org